Women in Home Entertainment 2020: The Teams

The “captains” profiled in the third annual Media Play News Women in Home Entertainment issue need smart, savvy and strategic teams who work with them. And then there are other women providing valuable leadership in the home entertainment space at independent content distributors, digital retailers, streaming services and other companies helping the industry continue to evolve.

SEE ALSO ‘WOMEN IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT 2020: THE 12 CAPTAINS’

Here’s a look at the rest of the Women in Home Entertainment, class of 2020 …

 

Amazon

JENNIFER SALKE
HEAD OF AMAZON STUDIOS
Salke is in charge of all aspects of television and film development, as well as production for Amazon’s entertainment division. This includes implementing an overall long-term content strategy for both units along with launching upcoming series and films, as well as ongoing support of current series. High-profile projects include “Lord of the Rings” and “Cortes,” from Steven Spielberg and starring Javier Bardem, and the Emmy-winning comedy series “Fleabag.”

MARIE DONOGHUE
VP, GLOBAL SPORTS VIDEO
Donoghue oversees Amazon’s global sports content business, as well as its sports strategy, enabling customers to access live and on-demand sports content, on hundreds of devices, in more than 200 countries and territories. Prior to joining Amazon, Donoghue served as EVP of global business and content strategy at ESPN, leading the ongoing development and implementation of its enterprise-wide business and content strategy. Donoghue oversaw all digital dealmaking for ESPN, including ESPN’s relationship with Disney-owned BAMTech, the home of ESPN’s first direct-to-consumer (OTT) streaming platform.

 

AMC/RLJ Entertainment

SYLVIA GEORGE
EVP AND GM, URBAN MOVIE CHANNEL

George oversees the management and operation of the UMC subscription streaming service across all platforms and available markets. Under her leadership, the service has seen a 200% increase to its subscriber base in the past 12 months and has developed an impressive slate of original programming that includes popular series “Craig Ross Jr.’s Monogamy,” “A House Divided,” and the latest breakout, “Double Cross.” Prior to that she was the company’s first chief marketing officer after serving as president, U.S., managing North American distribution and spearheading integration of Acorn Media and Image Entertainment, which were acquired by RLJ Entertainment in 2012. During this time, George helped to build Acorn’s brand profile as the “chief curator of the best Brit TV,” according to Time Magazine.

CATHERINE MACKIN
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ACORN MEDIA ENTERPRISES
Mackin previously worked at the BBC to run UKTV Gold, TV3 in Ireland as deputy director of programming, and again at the BBC in 2009 as UKTV’s director of programming acquisitions for nearly nine years. Since 2018, she has led Acorn Media Enterprises, British content SVOD service Acorn TV’s co-production and commissioning arm. She has overseen the commissioning or co-producing of dramas and mysteries including British mystery “Queens of Mystery,” Irish period drama “Dead Still,” British crime drama “London Kills,” New Zealand thriller “The Sounds,” British mystery “Agatha Raisin,” Australian drama “Mystery Road,” BBC drama “Keeping Faith,” Irish drama “Blood,” and Irish comedy “Finding Joy,” among several others, which have exclusively premiered on Acorn TV.

 

CBS All Access

JULIE MCNAMARA
EVP, HEAD OF PROGRAMMING
McNamara in February was promoted to head of programming for CBS All Access, reporting to ViacomCBS chief digital officer and CBS Interactive CEO Marc DeBevoise and chief creative officer David Nevins. McNamara’s expanded duties include spearheading programming strategy for the streaming platform, including current and future original series, acquisitions and bringing in content from other ViacomCBS properties, including BET, Comedy Central, Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, TV Land, VH1 and Smithsonian.

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Disney+/Disney Streaming Services

LINDA BAGLEY
DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL, DISNEY DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Bagley leads a global team of lawyers responsible for matters relating to company priorities such as Disney’s subscription streaming services and international media businesses.

ALISA BOWEN
SVP, OPERATIONS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Bowen is responsible for ensuring operational effectiveness for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+ and ESPN+. As part of her oversight, Alisa is responsible for overall program management, including the rollout of Disney+ across international markets, identification and implementation of Disney+ internal synergy opportunities, and leading global customer support for ESPN+ and Disney+.

LAURA EVANS
SVP, DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS, DISNEY STREAMING SERVICES
Evans is responsible for overseeing analytics, data science and insight capabilities for the company’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer services, including ESPN+ and the Disney+ streaming service.

KAREN HOBSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS, DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER & INTERNATIONAL
Hobson oversees global communications and public affairs strategies across the Disney Direct-to-Consumer segment, including the company’s direct-to-consumer streaming businesses: Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu. She also oversees communications strategies for Disney’s international media operations stretching from Europe to Asia to Latin America.

TEHMINA JAFFER
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS, DISNEY+
Jaffer leads all aspects of business affairs strategy, policy and procedure for the Disney+ content and marketing team. She oversees the coordination and negotiation of development, production and talent deals and contracts, as well as rights, acquisitions, clearances and content agreements. She also collaborates with content groups across the Walt Disney Company that are developing and producing original content exclusively for the service — including the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm — as well as external third-party production entities.

ROBYN ARONSON, VP, business affairs, unscripted content, Disney+
MOLLY BRADY, VP, customer acquisition, Disney Streaming Services
JESSICA CASANO-ANTONELLIS, VP, communications, Disney Streaming Services
JENNIFER JONES, VP, business affairs, Disney+
PAULA MCMAHON, VP, integrated marketing, Disney+
SARAH SHEPARD, VP, originals — scripted content, Disney+

 

Disney Media Distribution

APRIL CARRETTA
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS
Carretta leads communications for Disney Media Distribution, which includes domestic channel distribution, global platform distribution, content licensing in the U.S. and Canada, and global in-home transactional sales. DMD licenses content to a wide range of high-profile platforms and third-party distribution channels, including linear (broadcast and cable), MVPDs, PVOD, SVOD, AVOD, digital and physical retailers, hotels and airlines. Carretta and her team manage content licensing announcements, consumer-facing campaigns and talent relations for the company’s portfolio of theatrical and television content. She also spearheads all corporate and executive communications on behalf of the division and its senior leaders.

CHRISTEN HARRIS, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
LAUREN MORRISSEY, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
LINDSEY GREEN, SVP, PLATFORM DISTRIBUTION
Green, Harris and Morrissey negotiate key licensing agreements on behalf of the company across a wide array of media platforms and businesses including domestic multichannel subscription distribution and global direct-to-consumer platforms. Among these substantial high-profile agreements managed by their teams are in-home VOD and transactional sales for theatrical and television content from The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Media Networks across digital aggregators, MVPDs, devices and social media applications. Between the three of them they oversee a roster of well over 100 accounts, which also includes global airlines and hotels. In addition, they are heavily involved in the negotiations for Movies Anywhere with its digital retail partners.

CHERYLYN CARR, assistant general counsel
LORI COHEN-ELIAS, VP, marketing strategy
CYNDI CRUZ, VP, sales planning and administration
ELIZABETH DUKE, assistant chief counsel
JAIME GORMAN, VP, creative development
CHRISTINE HUPALO, VP, marketing
SUMMER IMAI, VP, content management
SUZANNE KAMENIR, VP, global creative marketing
JANE KIM, VP, business development and strategic partnerships
MICHELLE LEVISOHN, VP, creative development
JENNIFER LOURIE, VP, product management
KIMBERLY WILSON, VP, affiliate marketing account management

 

Dolby Labs

GRAEF ALLEN
MANAGER, TECHNICAL OPERATIONS
Allen manages Dolby’s Burbank-based technical operations department. She is one of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable resources for Dolby Vision mastering/delivery and has become a key technical driver in the growth of Dolby Vision since its 2015 launch. Allen works closely with both Dolby software as well as third-party products and partners. She has also spoken at several Dolby-supported events encouraging girls and young women to participate in STEM fields.

TINA ECKMAN
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT RELATIONS
Eckman leads the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos account management effort for streaming content from Netflix, Apple, Showtime and several others. Passionate about inspiring the creative community for more than 25 years, she has been working on a global level with storytellers and their use of technology. Motivated to bring new women into entertainment technology, Eckman co-leads the Women in Post annual event at NAB, which has led to post-production job opportunities for women, by women.

 

Fandango

LORI PANTEL
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Pantel directs all brand and marketing strategies across the company’s e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com, Fandango Movieclips and TVOD service FandangoNow. Throughout her career, Pantel has effectively redefined and executed strategies for global consumer brands, with a focus on ensuring a cohesive global brand DNA that resonates with consumers, retailers and partners. Before joining Fandango, Pantel served as SVPD and global GM for Mattel’s girls’ brands. In this role, Pantel oversaw global teams responsible for worldwide brand and marketing strategy, creative execution and product development for Mattel’s “Monster High” and “Ever After High” brands, as well as the company’s “DC Super Hero Girls” line. Prior to that, Pantel served as VP of marketing for Mattel’s North America division, VP of global brand marketing, and associate brand manager on the Barbie brand.

DANA BENSON
SVP, COMMUNICATIONS
Benson directs all corporate communications and public relations functions across the company’s ticketing, e-commerce and editorial content portfolio, including Fandango, Rotten Tomatoes, Flixster, MovieTickets.com and TVOD service FandangoNow. She also oversees public relations for subsidiaries Ingresso.com in Brazil, and Fandango Latin America.

PENNY ALBERTS
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CRM, STRATEGY AND CUSTOMER GROWTH PLANNING
Alberts leads cross-channel, journey-based retention strategies for Fandango, FandangoNow and Rotten Tomatoes. She crafts integrated business plans to align stakeholders around key beats throughout the movie lifecycle. She also drives incremental revenue across brands and franchises, and develops personalized contact strategies across email, push notifications and inbox that support business goals at brand, segment and genre levels.

REMA MORGAN-ALUKO
DIRECTOR, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
With more than 15 years of experience in technology, engineering leadership and software development, Morgan-Aluko leads the technology group for FandangoNow. She oversees the development of Web, mobile apps, OTT applications and services, as well as application program interfaces (APIs) for the service. In pursuit of her goal to improve diversity and inclusion across the technology industry, Morgan-Aluko co-founded Fandango’s TECHWomen chapter, which aims to advance opportunities for female technologists within the company and beyond. Previously, Morgan-Aluko led the development and implementation of several initiatives across Fandango’s verticals, including trailers (Movieclips), video and editorial content, movie and entertainment metadata, commerce, user profiles, CRM, marketing campaigns, and programs, as well as advertising and monetization.

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Hulu

REAGAN FEENEY
VP, NETWORK PARTNERSHIPS
Feeney manages Hulu’s strategic relationships and carriage agreements with networks and operators. Previously, she was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscription packages, regional sports networks and on-demand sports content.

BRITTANY HVEEM
HEAD OF BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Hveem leads negotiations of development and licensing deals related to Hulu’s slate of original series, documentaries, international co-productions and specials. She oversees the business and production relationships with studio suppliers such as Warner Bros., Universal Television, Sony and Lionsgate, approving production budgets and negotiations with talent. Prior to joining Hulu in 2016, Hveem was most recently VP of business affairs for Warner Horizon Television and was previously counsel at ABC Studios.

ANGIE KANG
VP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Kang has led numerous deals that have built out Hulu’s content library. She led efforts to lock in the first official content provider for Hulu’s online TV service. Kang negotiated a multiyear deal with AMC Networks for “Fear the Walking Dead.” She closed a deal with 20th Century Fox Television Distribution for exclusive SVOD rights to new and upcoming FX and FXX primetime comedies, dramas and miniseries. She led all of Hulu’s legal efforts on an output agreement to new shows from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT and TBS, among others.

JAYA KOLHATKAR
CHIEF DATA OFFICER
Kolhatkar oversees customer intelligence and all data- and analytics-related efforts at Hulu. She is responsible for elevating Hulu’s customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making across the company. Kolhatkar manages a team of more than 100 across strategic analytics, data engineering, data science and business intelligence. Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as the SVP of global data and analytics platforms at Walmart Labs, where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions.

ANNIE LUO
SVP, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
Luo is responsible for driving expansion efforts and relationships with partners and connecting business operations across the organization. Prior to joining Hulu, Annie worked at McKinsey & Company, where she was a founding member for their consumer tech and media practice, leading operations and strategic alliances globally. She spent six years as the head of media, entertainment and information practice at the World Economic Forum and held various roles across the top media brands including BBC Worldwide (Asia), CNBC and Bloomberg Media Group.

GAUDE LYDIA PAEZ
SVP, HEAD OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
Paez oversees the team responsible for all communications efforts in support of Hulu’s brand, subscriber growth and engagement, product and technology, content strategy, monetization, and overall market position. She joined Hulu in April 2016 from Fox Broadcasting Co., where she served as SVP of corporate communications and digital publicity for the network.

BEATRICE SPRINGBORN
VP, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT
Springborn, who joined Hulu in 2014, has played an integral role in developing and greenlighting straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s slate of originals, including the Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning “The Handmaid’s Tale,” as well as “The Looming Tower,” “Future Man,” “Castle Rock,” “Catch-22” from George Clooney, and the limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

 

Google/YouTube TV

CHRISTINA AVITABILE
HEAD OF CONTENT DISTRIBUTION AND LICENSING (TVOD/SVOD/AVOD), YOUTUBE AND GOOGLE PLAY
Avitabile oversees business development and partnerships for Google’s transactional movies and TV stores (on Google Play and YouTube) as well as licensing and acquisition deals for YouTube. Before joining Google in 2014, Avitabile spent a year in content acquisition, digital video, at Amazon.

KELLY MERRYMAN
VP, GLOBAL CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS, YOUTUBE
Merryman is a veteran in the streaming entertainment space. Prior to joining YouTube, she served as VP of content acquisition at Netflix from 2007 to 2014. She also held positions in digital distribution and business development at Sony Pictures.

 

Lionsgate

AGAPY KAPOURANIS
PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
A nine-year veteran of Lionsgate, Kapouranis spearheads international distribution, acquisitions, sales and marketing for Lionsgate’s television and catalog feature slate. She oversees a sales and distribution team responsible for a broad range of global and regional licensing deals encompassing the company’s films, television series and Starz original programming with nearly all leading digital and linear platforms around the world.

DANIELLE COHEN
EVP, WORLDWIDE TECHNICAL OPERATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION
With the help of her teams, Cohen oversees technical operations and quality assurance for all incoming worldwide theatrical titles, home entertainment, TV series, outgoing deliveries to Lionsgate’s international distributors, and the company’s digital and physical asset management. In addition, she oversees the remastering of library titles to 4K, asset migration, and screening room activities.

SANJANA NAIKSATAM
EVP, PROCUREMENT AND DISTRIBUTION OPERATIONS
Naiksatam oversees the end-to-end home entertainment operations in the United States and Canada for the packaged-media business. This includes evaluating the supply chain and striving for continuous improvements and efficiencies, as well as managing and providing direction on system enhancements relating to home entertainment and metadata management.

JILL ANDERSON
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Anderson oversees Lionsgate’s home entertainment business for some of retail’s largest accounts — specifically Walmart and Best Buy — the latter where she started her career. Anderson is continually looking for new retail opportunities to uniquely position Lionsgate’s new-release and catalog content in stores as well as online for DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD titles. She is the consummate team player who is dedicated to finding win-win solutions. Anderson is committed to Lionsgate’s passion for original, daring and groundbreaking entertainment and driving her team to support that vision.

CHASE BRISBIN
SVP, GLOBAL SVOD SALES
Brisbin overseas Lionsgate’s global SVOD licensing across both TV and film, including partnerships with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu as well as emerging platforms. She and her team also work closely alongside Starz to support their impressive international expansion strategy. Since joining Lionsgate in 2012, she has touched all areas of TV distribution, from digital home entertainment to traditional linear sales, and now keeps her focus on the evolving streaming landscape.

ERIN CARTER
SVP, MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION
Carter focuses on partnerships, catalog marketing, research and retail marketing. In this role, she leads the lifecycle planning for content from Lionsgate and its distribution partners, along with driving retail marketing efforts. Carter joined Lionsgate from Anchor Bay in 2017, where she spent a decade leading the marketing strategy for all its independent film and theatrical releases.

KENYA HART
SVP, PROCUREMENT AND INVENTORY OPERATIONS
Hart oversees the day-to-day operations of the materials management and demand planning (procurement) teams in the United States and Canada for packaged media. As the super user/departmental systems manager, she works closely with IT to test, implement and validate systemic upgrades and enhancements. Additional functions include cost analysis and business acquisition onboarding.

ANGELA HENRY
SVP, HOME ENTERTAINMENT SALES
Henry is instrumental in managing daily sales with a particular focus on the Walmart account. She helped launch the Summit Home Entertainment division in 2007, which was acquired by Lionsgate in 2012. Prior to joining Summit, Henry started her career at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2001 as a sales manager, covering a wide variety of retailers.

KATE NEXON
SVP, NORTH AMERICAN TV AND DIGITAL SALES
Nexon is responsible for licensing Lionsgate’s current and library television and film properties across U.S. linear and digital platforms. She leads the strategic planning, release, and analysis of multi-platform domestic sales initiatives driving to market-leading sales. Nexon joined Lionsgate in 2009 shortly before completing her MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University School of the Arts. She also holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

AMELIA MCPARTLON ROGERS
SVP, MARKETING, HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Rogers oversees overall marketing strategy, publicity, social media, research and paid media initiatives across all Lionsgate home entertainment and digital platforms. She leads her teams to develop a full 360-degree marketing strategy for the entire limited theatrical and multiplatform release slate; traditional 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases of Lionsgate and Starz films and television programming; as well as the company’s third-party distribution companies.

KATHY ARENDAIN, VP, creative marketing, digital and social
MELISSA CLARKE, VP, retail operations
TIFFANY OLIVARES GIRARDI, VP, publicity and digital engagement
LINDSAY LEFRANCOIS, VP, procurement
SHANNON PARKER, VP, AV creative services
HALLIE PRINCE, VP, integrated marketing
HELEN REICH, VP, sales administration

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Movies Anywhere

KARIN GILFORD
GM
Gilford leads an independent, dedicated, cross-functional team that includes product, technology and marketing professionals. She oversees product development, business strategy and long-term growth of all aspects of the Movies Anywhere brand, and serves as key liaison, working with participating studios and retailers.

BETH K. BAIER
ASSISTANT CHIEF COUNSEL
Baier heads up all day-to-day legal and business affairs matters and serves as the senior legal advisor to the company’s business teams. She actively participates in legal analysis, modeling, negotiations and drafting of new strategic business models and high-profile deals involving emerging digital distribution technologies, distribution platforms, technical operations and marketing strategies.

ELISSA BROWN
VP, FINANCE AND OPERATIONS
Brown supervises day-to-day operations, developing and executing key business and platform strategies to drive growth and deliver operational efficiencies across all facets of Movies Anywhere. This organization includes finance, strategy, business development, partner management, business intelligence/analytics, customer care and program management.

 

MVD Entertainment Group

RACHEL NORDMARK
VP, SALES
Nordmark oversees MVD’s U.S. physical and digital home entertainment business, including sales, account management and customer marketing. She also helps establish and maintain positive relations with vendors and customers, and assists in product acquisitions and social media. She assumed her present position in 2014, after serving as sales and marketing representative, account manager and vendor manager. Nordmark began her career in film and music distribution with MVD in 1999 as a sales representative.

 

NBCUniversal/Peacock

MAGGIE MCLEAN SUNIEWICK
PRESIDENT, DIGITAL ENTERPRISES, NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA, AND
PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND PARTNERSHIPS, PEACOCK
Suniewick leads NBC Universal’s digital business strategy and partnerships with new-media and technology companies to deliver premium content to emerging platforms. Suniewick previously served as SVP of strategic integration, where she was charged with identifying creative, technological and strategic opportunities between Comcast Corp. and NBCUniversal. She led Symphony, the companywide marketing initiative that promotes upcoming NBCUniversal programming, movies and events, including the Olympics, and Comcast’s products and services across the entire portfolio to drive awareness and help connect with consumers.

 

Netflix

BELA BAJARIA
VP, LOCAL-LANGUAGE ORIGINALS
Bajaria, who joined Netflix in November 2016 as VP of content, oversees all non-English original series around the world. In her previous role, Bajaria oversaw Netflix’s push into unscripted programming, including “Queer Eye” and “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” as well as talk series with David Letterman and Hasan Minhaj. Bajaria also oversaw scripted originals “You,” “Locke and Key” and “Daybreak,” among others.

MELISSA COBB
VP, ORIGINAL ANIMATION
Cobb leads the content team responsible for bringing animated series and feature films to Netflix members in 190 countries around the world. Prior to joining Netflix, Cobb was chief creative officer for Oriental DreamWorks, where she oversaw development and production, business strategy and production strategy for animated feature films targeted to a global audience. She also served as a producer at DreamWorks Animation.

CHANNING DUNGEY
VP, ORIGINAL SERIES
In her role, Dungey partners with VP of original content Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with high-profile, prolific producers.

JESSICA NEAL
CHIEF TALENT OFFICER
Neal is a 14-year veteran at Netflix, starting at the company in 2006 when DVD was king and streaming just a dream. She has been heavily involved in improving the Netflix culture as the company has grown. She oversees HR for the 2,000-person product engineering team responsible for improving the Netflix consumer experience. Neal also serves on the board of directors of the Association for Talent Development.

AMY REINHARD
VP, CONTENT ACQUISITION
Reinhardt has held this role since joining the company in 2016. She oversees global studio licensing for films and television series as well as local-language acquisitions from Latin America, Europe, Africa, The Middle East and India. In addition to global licensing, Reinhard negotiates international distribution rights on major studio films.

BOZOMA SAINT JOHN
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Saint John took her position at Netflix in June 2020. She previously held the same role at Endeavor after serving as the first-ever chief brand officer at Uber. Her 20-year marketing career also includes tenures as head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music and iTunes, and head of the music and entertainment marketing group at Pepsi-Cola North America. She has been recognized for her breakthrough work by both the industry and her peers, having been inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement in 2014.

JANE WISEMAN
VP, COMEDY SERIES
Wiseman joined the Netflix original programming team in 2014 and over the past six years has built out Netflix’s scripted comedy department. Today, Wiseman oversees a curated, diverse lineup of content, from dark comedies and multi-cam sitcoms to Netflix’s growing slate of adult-animated comedies.

 

Paramount Pictures

MICHELE BELL
SVP, WORLDWIDE CREATIVE SERVICES, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Bell is in charge of all of the division’s creative advertising materials including all packaging, menu design, and print, broadcast, VOD and online advertising. She previously was VP of home entertainment creative services for Universal Studios. There, she oversaw and managed creative advertising objectives for the feature, catalog, TV and specialty brand groups. Bell also oversaw the development of creative marketing concepts for all consumer and trade materials.

BRENDA CICCONE
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND TV LICENSING
Ciccone supervises all publicity and corporate communications for the home entertainment and TV licensing divisions on a global basis. She is responsible for the public relations campaigns on behalf of all of the studio’s home entertainment labels and distribution partners, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Players, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS. Ciccone also manages domestic and international trade show activity at markets including MIPCOM, ATF, NATPE and more.

MELINDA FROELICH
SVP, INTERNATIONAL MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Froelich is responsible for international marketing, advertising, public relations, promotions and release strategy for all post-theatrical transactional windows. She also supervises global marketing for all worldwide television partners. Froelich joined the studio in 2005, having previously worked at The Walt Disney Co. for eight years.

HILARIE HILDEBRANDT
SVP, CUSTOMER MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Hildebrandt oversees customer marketing for both physical and digital retail accounts with a focus on aligning strategic initiatives across new-release, catalog and television product. She is responsible for executing consumer-focused programs with each retail client to maximize sales and drive growth formats, including 4K, electronic sellthrough and VOD. Hildebrandt previously served as VP of retail marketing at Fox and also held sales director positions at Fox and Polygram Filmed Entertainment in Canada.

DINA MAROVICH
SVP, WORLDWIDE MEDIA AND INTERACTIVE MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
With more than 20 years of advertising experience, Marovich is responsible for overseeing all media planning and buying for the home entertainment division. She joined Paramount in 2006 as VP of media for Paramount Home Entertainment. She previously served as the head of the Paramount Home Entertainment account at MEC, where she was responsible for all advertising on behalf of the division. Prior to that, she was assistant media director for Starcom Worldwide, where she managed the media planning for all Buena Vista Home Entertainment releases and worked as a media planning supervisor for Buena Vista Theatrical.

NANCY POPE
SVP, HUMAN RESOURCES, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Pope is responsible for supporting the home entertainment, theatrical marketing and TV licensing divisions. Early in her career she worked for AT&T as both an operations manager and HR professional. Upon earning her master’s degree in industrial psychology, she left AT&T and joined Nestle USA, where she became the director of training and development. In 1999 Pope joined EMI Music North America as VP of human resources, and in 2007 she joined Paramount Pictures.

ALANNA POWERS
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Powers heads up Paramount’s film catalog business globally across digital and physical distribution channels where she develops marketing and distribution strategies that align with cross-divisional partners to maximize the studio’s full portfolio of titles. Prior to joining Paramount, Powers held senior marketing positions at Redbox and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment after starting her career at FCB.

AUBREY THOMASON
SVP, BUSINESS AFFAIRS AND LEGAL, PARAMOUNT PICTURES
Thomason primarily focuses on acquisitions for distribution through home entertainment channels, theatrical services agreements for acquisitions and domestic video sublicensing matters. Before joining Paramount, she was an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (2000-05), where she primarily worked on corporate finance and real estate transactions, but also served as outside counsel to Paramount Pictures between 2003 and 2005.

ROZITA TOLOUEY
SVP, WORLDWIDE BRAND MARKETING, PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT
An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in entertainment marketing, Tolouey is responsible for driving the division’s marketing strategies across the new-release and acquisitions business globally for both physical and digital markets. Prior to joining Paramount, Tolouey held marketing positions with video game developer Konami Digital Entertainment and with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

LEDA CHANG, VP, digital marketing, PHE
JACQUELINE GUSTAFSON, VP, home media content, PHE
ANNE MASUDA, VP, digital distribution (U.K.), PHE
MICHELE RUMAIN, VP, advertising (media), PHE
JULIA SALTER, VP, digital distribution (AU), PHE
PAMELA SIVULA, VP, financial planning, PHE
MICHELLE VEN DANGE, VP, international marketing, PHE

 

PBS Distribution

AMY LETOURNEAU
SVP, STRATEGY AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Since joining WGBH in 2000, Letourneau has worked in various organizations across public media, including stints focused on public television system media strategies at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and as a production manager on “Antiques Roadshow.” Since joining PBS Distribution in 2010, she has significantly expanded the home entertainment content pipeline across genres including such programs as “The Great British Baking Show,” the PBS Kids hit “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” Masterpiece’s “Victoria,” and the recent Academy Award nominated For Sama, in partnership with PBS’s “Frontline.”

REBECCA CARR
VP, OPERATIONS, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY
Carr has worked in operations for PBS Distribution since its inception and heads operations, production and technology for all the unit’s business divisions. She oversees all aspects of the digital supply chain for direct-to-consumer and SVOD channels, SVOD and TVOD, as well as operations and production for hardcopy distribution. Combining her strategic and tactical strengths, Carr is responsible for asset and data management, evolving systems and processes, product execution and vendor management.

LIZ LIEBMAN
SENIOR DIRECTOR, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION — DTC
Liebman’s experience across all digital distribution areas of the business allows her to successfully lead complex strategic initiatives. Never satisfied with the status quo, Liz sets high standards for her team and leads by example. She welcomes new challenges and opportunities, most recently stepping up to lead the newly created Direct-to-Consumer Subscription Video-on-Demand (DTC-SVOD) business to manage a growing portfolio of channels, including PBS Masterpiece, PBS Kids, PBS Living and PBS Documentaries.

 

Premiere Digital

MICHELE EDELMAN
HEAD OF GROWTH
With more than 20 years of executive experience, an unmatched business acumen and extensive knowledge of home entertainment, Edelman has been a driving force behind innovation and growth at the forefront of an evolving OTT landscape. From launching TVOD/EST programs at Warner Bros, to spearheading VOD strategies at Vubiquity, to redefining distribution at media services company Premiere Digital, Edelman has been instrumental in implementing intentional market plans across media services, distribution and SaaS disciplines.

 

Quibi

MEG WHITMAN
CO-FOUNDER/CEO
In 2018, Whitman became the first employee and CEO of new video streaming platform Quibi with co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg. The app-based service, which launched in April for $4.99 monthly with ads, $7.99 without, features original, short-form content designed specifically for smartphones. The start-up is backed by $1.7 billion in funding from investors Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony, Viacom, and WarnerMedia. Whitman previously served as CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008. During her tenure, Whitman oversaw its expansion from 30 employees and $4 million in annual revenue, to more than 15,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. In 2014, Whitman was named No. 20 on Forbes’ list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

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Redbox

KAVITA SUTHAR
CFO
Suthar oversees the company’s long-term financial health, which includes setting financial direction, implementing strategies to drive revenue growth and profitability, and deal support. She previously held long-term strategy and analytics roles at U.S. Cellular.

MAURA GRAY
SENIOR DIRECTOR, CONSUMER, BRAND AND PARTNERSHIP MARKETING
Gray has led multiple, large-scale brand and marketing initiatives since joining Redbox, including the Redbox On Demand and Free Live TV launches. Prior to joining Redbox, she focused on ad sales and partnership marketing at the National Geographic Channels.

LAURA FLORENCE
DIRECTOR, CONTENT PARTNERSHIPS
Florence leads the company’s digital content relationships with studios and independent partners and is responsible for the growing lineup of channels available on Redbox’s Free Live TV service. She has more than 14 years of experience in both the physical and digital categories of content distribution, including a tenure at Gravitas Ventures, where she ran North American sales and marketing for theatrical, TVOD/cable/satellite and home entertainment and AVOD sales.

LORI FLYNN
VP, CONTENT
Flynn is focused on revenue-growth strategies and new content opportunities for the movie business. Prior to joining Redbox, she spent more than 17 years at Blockbuster Video, where she was responsible for managing the rental/merchandising group for corporate stores and online.

NICOLE ZINNO
VP, HUMAN RESOURCES
Zinno leads human resources, overseeing all functions of HR, payroll, benefits, recruitment and internal communications that attract, retain and engage Redbox’s employee base of corporate and nationwide field team members.

 

Shout! Factory

MELISSA BOAG
SVP, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
As head of the family entertainment division — the biggest portion of the company’s business — Boag creates marketing and distribution strategy and oversees partnerships with GKIDS, Anime Limited, Eleven Arts, Hasbro and Sesame Street. She has led the strategy, marketing and acquisition work to grow this business to more than $30 million annually. She steers implementation on key lines, including “My Little Pony,” “Transformers,” “Power Rangers,” “Digimon Adventure” and GKIDS’s wide range of critically acclaimed animated movies and Studio Ghibli classics. She also collaborates on acquisitions and the production of new animated films.

LAUREN BLUM
ASSOCIATE VP OF PUBLICITY
Blum is a smart and well-respected PR strategist and has delivered many outstanding campaigns over the years. Recent home entertainment campaign highlights include “Sesame Street,” Studio Ghibli classics, “When Calls the Heart,” “The Carol Burnett Show” on ShoutFactoryTV, and cult movie releases from Scream Factory.

KATHY CALLAHAN
VP, SPECIAL MARKET SALES AND E-COMMERCE
Callahan is a more than 30-year veteran of entertainment media sales and marketing. She joined Shout! Factory in 2006. Since 2012, she has served as the GM of the company’s e-commerce businesses, which include shoutfactory.com, the MST3Kstore.com, and its Amazon Marketplace business. Kathy also handles specialty sales and non-traditional sales in general.

KARRIE STOUFFER
VP, CREATIVE SERVICES
Stouffer is a creative director and designer specializing in entertainment properties. In this role, she oversees key art and packaging development for a slew of music, film, television, digital and home entertainment projects. Her expertise spans numerous functions, including leading and managing creative campaigns, art direction and design, key art/logo/brand/title treatment development, and project management.

 

Sling TV

LEAH ASHLEY
VP, DIGITAL MARKETING
Ashley leads a team of 30 marketers across all digital tactics for Sling TV and Dish. Prior to joining Dish in 2019, she worked at Condé Nast as the executive director of consumer revenue for Allure and GQ. Ashley’s previous media experience includes positions at Birchbox, Castanea Partners and Bain & Co.

MELISA BODDIE
VP, PROGRAMMING
Boddie manages the local broadcasting, public interest and pay-for-carriage business units for Dish and Sling TV. Her responsibilities include local, core and paid-programming acquisitions.

DANA MCLEOD
VP, PROGRAMMING, PROMOTION AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
McLeod oversees content acquisition, strategy, curation and promotion for Sling TV. She also manages programmer relationships and business development. Previously, she served as director of finance for Sling TV, where she was responsible for its finances, in addition to programming and media sales for both Dish and Sling TV.

LIZ RIEMERSMA
VP, SLING AND DISH INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMING
Riemersma oversees programming, marketing and operations for both Dish International and Sling International. She is responsible for acquiring and marketing international content and driving subscriber growth across 27 languages at Dish and Sling TV.

 

Sony Pictures

JILL ALLEN
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION
Allen leads U.S. digital distribution across all new-media and MVPD platforms, including Amazon, Apple TV, Fandango and Comcast. She oversees sales and sales planning teams to drive business across the studio’s new-release and catalog properties. Allen began her career at Disney and LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) before joining the Sony team 14 years ago. During her time at Sony, she has held both sales and business development roles, always with a focus on the intersection of content and new technologies.

JENNIFER ANDERSON
SVP, MARKETING
Anderson leads the strategic development and execution of brand marketing, promotions and creative for all SPHE new-release and catalog business, establishing key consumer messaging, aligning marketing tactics to core brand strategy and ensuring that product marketing efforts are in line with studio business goals. She oversees a cross-functional team that includes brand and product marketing, promotions and creative advertising.

GERI BLUEROCK
SVP, SALES AND OPERATIONS
Bluerock heads up the sales and operations organization for the domestic physical business. The scope of her responsibilities includes sales, supply chain, planning, reporting and administration. She has led the evolution of the sales team to integrate data-driven insights addressing retailer and consumer opportunities. Her experience at Sony, MGM and Target includes leadership positions in sales, sales planning and analysis, retail operations, category management, vendor managed inventory, demand planning and retail buying.

ANJA DANG
SVP, ANALYTICS AND BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Dang is responsible for identifying and developing Sony Pictures’ capabilities to become a more consumer-centric, data-driven organization. Her team sources, connects and manages consumer and audience level data universes, understands and builds consumer segments for activation, designs activation solutions, and delivers insights. Her team utilizes advanced data analytics and machine learning to develop models and apps to enable SPE to make informed decisions that drive and fulfill consumer appetite for film and television content across the theatrical, home entertainment and television release windows.

JACQUI MARSHALL
EVP, LEGAL AFFAIRS
Marshall heads up the corporate legal team for Sony in the EMEA region. She is responsible for legal matters for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, including physical and digital rights distribution and acquisition, joint ventures, operational and retailer arrangements, and all other corporate and commercial initiatives. Marshall has managed SPHE’s legal requirements in EMEA for more than a decade after starting her career at Universal Pictures.

JANE MOHON
SVP, MARKETING SERVICES
Mohon is responsible for data-driven consumer strategy, overseeing digital and social media marketing, traditional and digital media planning, and buying as well as publicity. Utilizing social and digital insights as well as traditional research to identify consumer demand and voice, she helps set paid, owned and earned media strategies for SPHE releases. A champion of an analytics-led strategy, Mohon leverages consumer lifecycle data to drive multi-channel paid media strategies to drive transactions.

DINA WIGGINS
SVP, LEGAL
For more than 20 years Wiggins has been overseeing legal affairs worldwide for SPHE marketing, closely collaborating with all departments throughout the division. Her work also includes legal compliance in all aspects of the licensing, distribution, sales, manufacturing, and other exploitation of movies and television series in home entertainment for domestic and international territories, excluding EMEA.

ALLIE CARSIA-TALBOTT, VP, digital distribution
SUZANNE EMERSON, VP, legal
JUDY GUEVARA, VP, international marketing
HELENA KU, VP, business affairs
JANET SCHACKMAN, VP, customer operations
JANA SIMMONS, VP, TV and customer marketing
JOAN VILLAROS, VP, production services, North America

 

Universal Pictures

HELEN PARKER
EVP, UNIVERSAL PICTURES CONTENT GROUP
Parker is responsible for spearheading UPHE’s global content business. Based in London, she oversees both content acquisitions and productions for all media and manages a roster of international and U.S. talent and content distributed by NBCUniversal, spanning documentaries, live events, music and theater, films, live-comedy shows, anime, TV, Korean drama, sport and fitness, and children and family, among others. Since assuming her position in 2007, Parker has successfully launched and developed this business for Universal and successfully positioned the company as an industry leader within the sector.

PAMELA BLUM
SVP, GLOBAL MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Blum manages creative marketing services and the development of value-added content for the studio’s Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases on a worldwide basis. Her responsibilities also extend to include maximizing opportunities cross-divisionally within NBC Universal.

SANDY CHOI
SVP, BRAND MARKETING, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Choi oversees UPHE’s North American third-party partner relationships. She handles the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for partner releases across both physical and digital platforms, as well as leads the cross-functional team responsible for the overall business.

ELLEN COCKRILL
SVP, ANIMATION PRODUCTION, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Cockrill oversees development and production of animated movies and TV fare for Universal 1440 Entertainment for distribution in all media worldwide. She produced the PBS/Hulu animated series “Curious George,” garnering her two Daytime Emmys. Additionally, she has spearheaded numerous feature-length productions including multiple “Curious George” and “The Land Before Time” movies, The Little Engine That Could, and more than 300 television episodes.

NANCY EAGLE
SVP, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, UNIVERSAL 1440 ENTERTAINMENT
Eagle is responsible for the business and legal affairs for Universal 1440 Entertainment, the entity that develops and produces live-action and animated projects for distribution across various media platforms worldwide. Her duties include supervision of all business and legal issues on all of the group’s development and production slate, including rights and talent acquisition, negative pick-up distribution agreements, foreign co-productions, intellectual property matters, and litigation management. She also handles the group’s soundtrack partnerships and is responsible for selling certain ancillary rights.

DENISE HARO
SVP, WORLDWIDE CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND STRATEGY, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Haro oversees business analytics, focusing on external market analytics, trend analysis and long-term outlook. She also manages UPHE’s consumer insights and research. She is focused on aligning global commercial strategy around product, window, messaging and innovation founded in business and consumer insights. Throughout her tenure, she has been influential in shaping company strategy.

JERRLYN IWATA
SVP, DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Iwata manages business development and distribution for Universal’s domestic digital home entertainment arm. She is responsible for licensing Universal’s film and television content on a transactional basis to cable, satellite, Internet and emerging digital platform partners across the United States and Canada.

LEA PORTENEUVE
SVP, GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND COMMUNICATIONS, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Porteneuve manages business, technology and executive communications for UPHE. She additionally spearheads all strategic publicity initiatives, including media and talent relations, events, promotions, promotional partnerships and social media activations in support of the studio’s digital and physical home entertainment offerings. She also actively serves as the company’s principal PR strategist on cross-studio industry-specific committees.

HEIDI TURK
SVP, SUPPLY CHAIN, UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Turk oversees technical operations, customer operations, master data, release and production planning, distribution, logistics, retail inventory management, and business insights for Universal’s Blu-ray and DVD releases in the United States and Canada. She also plays a vital role in the development and implementation of the company’s eco-friendly initiatives and serves as a primary liaison to Universal’s distribution partners, including Paramount Home Entertainment, Entertainment One, Funimation, Shout! Factory, STX, Bleecker Street and Neon, among others.

JENNIFER ADOLPH, VP, sales strategy, Canada
STACY BARGER, VP, global creative services
STEPHANIE BAYER, VP, global creative services
JENNIFER BLACK, VP, global publicity
HEATHER BRIGGS, VP, finance
ERICA MARIE DIONNE, VP, product development and strategy
LEIGH DUNLEAVY, VP, digital platforms
LISA GOODING, VP, live-action production
ALISSA GURY, VP, global controller
NADIA HANEY, VP, global marketing, emerging technology
KELLY HARRINGTON, VP, global brand marketing
TRACY KIM, VP, digital distribution and digital platforms
SANDY LE BIHAN, VP, global projects
BRIGITTE LIFSON, VP, business and legal affairs
STEPHANIE LUTJENS, VP, global brand marketing
MARIAN MANSI, VP, global creative content
LINDA MARTINEZ, VP, legal rights and clearances
LISA MELBYE, VP, animation production
SHARE STALLINGS, VP, development
MARY TREZIA, VP, operations
EVE WALDMAN, VP, human resources
JENNA WEBB, VP, global tech operations

 

Vudu

JENNI READIO
SENIOR DIRECTOR, MERCHANDISING AND LICENSING
Readio is a 16-year entertainment industry veteran. For the past nine years she has led merchandising, licensing and content acquisition strategy at Vudu (acquired from Walmart by Fandango in April), where her team continues to successfully grow revenue and content partnerships annually. Under her ideation and leadership, Vudu launched the exclusive merchandising functionality Mix & Match. Prior to joining Vudu, Readio managed the Walmart music business, including its brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce and digital downloads storefronts, and original music content platform Walmart Soundcheck.

GIGI SHANG
DIRECTOR, TECHNICAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Shang leads Vudu’s technical program management office, overseeing large-scale technology and development programs for the past six years. During her tenure, she has driven strategic company initiatives by leading alignment on program vision, scope, resource allocation and release management, managing the full lifecycle from ideation to product delivery. Her mandate also includes the operations strategy of the business. Prior to joining Vudu, Shang led technical program management and software development at Sony Electronics for 13 years.

 

WarnerMedia Entertainment/HBO Max

JORI ARANCIO
EVP, COMMUNICATIONS, HBO MAX, TNT, TBS AND TRUTV
Named to her current position in December 2019, Arancio is responsible for overseeing all communications for the three networks and streaming platform. Prior to joining WarnerMedia, she worked for the Walt Disney Company for 21 years, most recently as SVP of communications for ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, where she was responsible for all strategic corporate communication efforts, consumer press campaigns, awards outreach and talent relations for the two business units.

MEREDITH GERTLER
EVP, CONTENT STRATEGY AND PLANNING, HBO AND HBO MAX
Gertler is responsible for shaping the HBO Max portfolio and developing overall content and programming strategies for HBO Max and all HBO streaming and on-demand platforms, as well as the HBO and Cinemax linear networks. In addition, she oversees program and promotion scheduling for HBO Max and all HBO platforms. Gertler joined HBO in 2004 on HBO Video’s marketing team, where she developed and executed strategic business and marketing plans for original programming on DVD. In January 2009, she was named VP of product management, operations and production for HBO Home Entertainment, responsible for the short- and long-term planning and profitability for all the company’s home entertainment product lines in North America. In 2012, she made the move to program strategy and planning and helped craft the content planning and scheduling framework in support of the launch of HBO Now in 2015.

LINDA LOWY
EVP, CASTING, HBO MAX, TBS, TNT AND TRUTV
Named to her current position in July 2019, Lowy is responsible for overseeing casting for scripted series, feature films, docudramas, animation and unscripted. Lowy’s projects for HBO Max include “The Flight Attendant,” “Love Life,” “Americanah,” “Julia Child,” “Raised by Wolves,” “Tokyo Vice,” “Made For Love,” “Station Eleven” and “Generation.” Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Lowy consulted on TNT dramas including “Snowpiercer,” “Claws,” “The Alienist” and “Animal Kingdom.” Lowy also collaborated with Shonda Rhimes in a partnership spanning nearly 17 years on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Private Practice,” “For the People” and “Station 19.”

PIA CHAOZON BARLOW
SVP, PROGRAM MARKETING, HBO MAX
Barlow is responsible for guiding the overall marketing strategy, including creative, media, events, partnerships and social media, for HBO Max Originals alongside Peter Sherman. She was named to this position in January. She began her career at HBO, where she worked for nine years launching consumer marketing campaigns for award-winning series, films and documentaries. In 2014, Barlow joined Netflix as director of originals marketing, building and growing that team and overseeing global marketing campaigns across all programming genres and titles. From 2015 to 2017, she expanded her role and was appointed as the key marketing executive on the team focused on the expansion of international originals for Netflix.

KATIE SOO
SVP, GROWTH MARKETING, HBO MAX
Soo was the first member of a core HBO Max team tasked with building key disciplines from the ground up. She currently oversees growth marketing for the WarnerMedia direct-to-consumer platform. Her areas of focus include subscriber acquisitions, consumer engagement, digital campaigns, social media and audience development, and retention strategies. Soo’s direct-to-consumer portfolio includes DC Universe, Ellen Digital Ventures, Stage 13 and Uninterrupted. Soo previously served as head of marketing at Warner Bros. Digital Networks.

SOFIA CHANG
PRESIDENT, WARNERMEDIA DISTRIBUTION, THE DOMESTIC
DISTRIBUTION/MARKETING ARM OF WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Chang oversees distribution efforts for WarnerMedia’s domestic linear TV networks, premium channels, digital brands and direct-to-consumer services, including CNN, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, TCM, Adult Swim, truTV, HLN, Boomerang, HBO, Cinemax and HBO Max. She is responsible for oversight of the revenue, marketing and distribution strategy of WarnerMedia’s business across cable, satellite, telco and digital affiliate partners. She is based in New York and reports to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer of WarnerMedia, and president of WarnerMedia International Networks. Most recently, Chang served as EVP of global digital distribution and content licensing at HBO, where she oversaw $2 billion in annual global revenue for HBO and Cinemax.

SANDRA DEWEY
PRESIDENT, PRODUCTIONS AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Dewey oversees the business affairs and production teams for DTC Originals, for which she also leads the day-to-day operational responsibilities in partnership with DTC head of content Sarah Aubrey. Dewey and her team have been establishing policy and process for the DTC Originals and the new areas of business, including features and documentaries, as well as entering into strategic partnerships with new content partners. Additionally, Dewey oversees the business side of WarnerMedia Entertainment’s linear networks, TBS, TNT and truTV. At TBS and TNT, Dewey has played a key role in the networks’ ongoing transition from linear television to omni-platform media brands with numerous revenue streams, including the WarnerMedia joint venture with Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco.

RONNI COBERN-BASIS
EVP, TALENT RELATIONS, EVENTS AND AWARDS, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT AND DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER
Named to this role in October 2019, Cobern-Basis is responsible for all talent relations, events and awards efforts on behalf of the entire portfolio, spanning HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and truTV. Cobern-Basis has not only set the gold standard for excellence within the industry, but she has also led the charge in producing promotional events during the coronavirus pandemic. Under her leadership, her team has been credited with reinventing virtual events with interactive experiences.

JESSICA L. HOLSCOTT
EVP/CFO, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Holscott is responsible for overseeing all aspects of finance and supporting the CEO with all strategic decisions. Her responsibilities include HBO, HBO Max, TBS, TNT, truTV and Otter. Prior to taking this role, Holscott served as EVP and CFO for HBO. Before that, she spent more than two years as SVP of investor relations for Time Warner. In this role, she worked to develop and execute the company’s investor relations initiatives and served as one of the primary day-to-day contacts for the investment community. Holscott also led Time Warner’s cross-company merger planning efforts with AT&T.

JACQUELINE JOURDAIN HAYES
EVP AND GENERAL COUNSEL, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Named to this role in August 2019, Hayes is responsible for all of WarnerMedia’s legal affairs, including the linear businesses, Otter Media and HBO Max. Hayes joined Warner Home Video in 1998, providing legal support for the then nascent DVD business. She went on to become a primary legal steward of Warner Bros.’ transactional and subscription digital businesses — leading the first content clearance, digital licensing and content protection initiatives for the online distribution of WB titles — and was eventually named SVP and general counsel of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in 2015.

LUCINDA MARTINEZ
EVP, MULTICULTURAL MARKETING, BRAND AND INCLUSION STRATEGY, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Martinez is responsible for developing a distinct and inclusive brand narrative across WarnerMedia Entertainment’s marketing campaigns, including HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, and truTV, among others. In addition, Martinez leads the development and expansion of talent development and emerging artist programs across all company brands. Martinez joined HBO more than 17 years ago and most recently served as EVP of brand marketing where she was responsible for all HBO, HBO Latino, Cinemax and Cinemáx branded targeted marketing efforts to the African-American, Latino, Asian and LGBTQ+ audiences.

SARAH LYONS
SVP, PRODUCT EXPERIENCE, WARNERMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT
Lyons helps shape the app experience across all major platforms, defining how users discover content, as well as paving the way for innovation on how content is viewed and experienced in the future. She also plays a key role in overall product strategy. Prior to joining WarnerMedia, Lyons held various positions within DirecTV, including VP of OTT media products, responsible for the DirecTV Now product, and the launch of their next-generation video platform. She oversaw the launch of DirecTV’s TV Everywhere product suite, which under her leadership became a streaming experience available on more than 250 million mobile devices. She also was responsible for the product roadmap for the NFL Sunday Ticket streaming service and NFLST.tv OTT product.

 

Warner Bros.

LOUISE BAGNALL
SVP AND CHIEF COUNSEL
Bagnall leads the legal and business affairs team for the studio’s physical, digital and interactive entertainment businesses on a worldwide basis. In this role, she and her team provide legal counsel in respect to licensing, acquisitions, production, marketing, sales and supply chain, as well as advising on key strategic and growth initiatives. She previously worked in the London office of Warner Bros. and relocated to Burbank in 2017, significantly expanding her role and helping to cultivate a global approach.

JOHNNA CHO
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Cho oversees and advises on legal matters involving acquisitions, licensing, distribution, marketing, sales, production and operations for the studio’s physical, digital and games businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. She also manages legal matters for the studio’s Japan-based anime production and distribution business.

NICOLE COLEMAN
SVP, TRADE MARKETING, RETAIL PLANNING AND THEATRICAL CATALOG
Coleman is responsible for the theatrical catalog P&L for the home entertainment group across the physical and digital retail landscape. In addition, she leads trade marketing and sales planning for both physical and digital film and television content.

KRISTINA FUGATE
SVP, FILM MARKETING
Fugate manages all theatrical new-release and catalog U.S. brand marketing efforts for Warner across disc and digital platforms. She’s also responsible for developing long-term strategies, resulting in strong performances for franchises including the Wizarding World and DC properties, 4K UHD and emerging platforms.

LAURA A. GROSS
SVP, WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT GLOBAL CONSUMER INSIGHTS AND RESEARCH
Gross joined Warner Bros. in 2003 to establish the WBHE international research and media team. In 2011, she was promoted to handling global responsibilities, adding the United States and Canada. In her position, she has built a global consumer insights and research team that manages groundbreaking and innovative consumer research, analytics, and modeling across digital and packaged movies and TV products. Her team partners with all aspects of the business — theatrical, games, TV, marketing, sales, finance, strategic planning and executive management along with all other WarnerMedia divisions.

ROSEMARY MARKSON
SVP, TV MARKETING
Markson handles global marketing for all Warner Bros. and HBO TV properties across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She manages marketing strategies, product development, consumer marketing and business planning for both current on-air series and library/catalog series. Markson is also responsible for managing talent and studio relationships and ensuring that key content partners are properly serviced.

ISABELLE RENAUD
SVP, CREATIVE PRODUCTION SERVICES
Renaud oversees the worldwide physical and digital product production and localization for the film, television, and originals as well as animation and family businesses, including motion picture new-release and catalog, WBTV, MGM, HBO, Turner, DC and other WarnerMedia partner properties. Her team focuses on the production of global digital assets and distribution, menu and user interface initiatives, print and custom packaging/manufacturing, and retail merchandising. As part of both the Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment teams, Renaud also oversees marketing process initiatives leading the review and implementation of combined organizational workflows and continuous improvement opportunities.

JENNIFER STUMP
SVP, LEGAL AND BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Stump is the lead attorney for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) for franchises such as “Batman: Arkham,” “Lego,” “Mortal Kombat” and “The Hobbit.” She and her team provide legal counsel across all functions of WBIE’s publishing business, in addition to supporting all Warner-owned development studios, including Avalanche, Monolith Productions, NetherRealm Studios, Rocksteady Studios, WB Games Boston and TT Games.

MARY ELLEN THOMAS
SVP, ORIGINALS, ANIMATION AND FAMILY
Thomas leads global marketing efforts for originals, animation and family content, as well as all content from Turner Networks (Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, TNT, truTV, CNN) across physical and digital home entertainment platforms. She is responsible for driving the overall strategy, product development, marketing, and lifecycle management for originals (MFV) and episodic product lines. In addition, she oversees the relationships with WBHE’s portfolio brand partners, including Rooster Teeth, Crunchy Roll, Peanuts, Dr. Seuss, WWE and Viz Media.

EMILY ZALENSKI
SVP, WORLDWIDE PUBLICITY
Zalenski handles worldwide publicity and corporate communications for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. She heads up the strategic execution of digital and physical publicity campaigns for all new-release and catalog film releases, including media and talent relations, special events, and experiential marketing. She also leads communications efforts for emerging technology initiatives, including 4K UHD and emerging digital release technologies. She serves as the WBHE representative for communications strategy on many cross-studio committees.

ALICE CALAMAR, VP, creative production management
TRACI CARROLL, VP, creative advertising
MARIANA CASAS, VP, financial planning and analysis, digital
AMY-BETH CHAMBERLIN, VP, sales services
KRISTIE L. COLLEY, VP, retail planning and trade fund management
TINA DEPASS LUJAN, VP, TV marketing, TV series
GIULIA ERICKSON, VP, marketing analytics and channel strategy
CASEY ESTEVEZ, VP, creative production management
MICHELLE FOWLER, VP, legal and business affairs
FEIFEI HU, VP, business development and licensing
SUCHITRA INJATI, VP, strategic supply chain planning and forecasting
CHERILYNN KEHRLI, VP, legal and business affairs
JULIE V. KELLEY, VP and associate general counsel, legal and business affairs
SANDRA KIM, VP, global product planning
JUNGSUN (MONICA) KIM, VP, legal and business affairs
OLIVIA LLAMAS, VP, retail and user experience
LAURA LUPINETTI, VP, trade marketing
ANGIE LAI MAKHOUL, VP, film marketing
MELISSA HUFJAY MCALEVEY, VP, publicity
KATY MOFFAT, VP, operations
DEBBIE NEVEU, VP, accounting, financial reporting and contract administration
ZANDRA PALMER, VP, trade marketing
NATHALIE SAWYER, VP, sales
YVONNE SPENCE, VP, creative services content
MARYAM TASHROUDIAN, VP and associate general counsel, legal and business affairs
BETH WETZEL, VP, creative advertising
MARISA ZWEBEN, VP, legal and business affairs

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